Over the last 65 years, Freedom House has served as a hub for Boston’s diverse urban community and as a catalyst to promote equality and civil rights. Through it’s programs and actions, Freedom House has given generations of parents and young people the tools and strategies to effectively advocate for real and sustainable personal and community change.
Freedom House has sought to continue these efforts through a partnership with UMASS-Boston. The partnership resulted in CommUniversity, a program that transfers classroom learning into real-world change. CommUniversity pairs members of the community, college students, and high school students with experienced community leaders and organizers. The goal is to provide a forum to solve community problems through strategic action.
The ultimate goal of CommUniversity is to create a space where universities and communities can use their creative energies to develop innovative approaches to community development.
We are partnering with UMASS-Boston’s College of Public and Community Service and Africana Studies Department to offer five college-level courses that are taught at Freedom House and open to members of the community:
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